The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry is the home to a large historic collection of vintage as well as contemporary dental articulators, several of which are unique. The collection has been on display at the School of Dentistry since 1955. Articulators are singular indicators of the nature of the changes and progress of dental instrumentation due the profession's better understanding of mandibular movement and occlusion over the past 175 years and as such, are important historical artifacts. Some of the names associated with the devices on this website are Bonwill, Coble, DiPietro, Fournet, Gambill, Granger, Gritman, Guichet, Gysi, Hagman, Hall, Hanau, Hayes, Homer, House, Kelly, Kerr, McCollum, Monson, Needles, Page, Phillips, Priest, S.S. White, Snow, Stanley, Stansbery, Stuart, Swanson and Wipf, Terrell and Wadsworth.
In 2002, the School of Dentistry was awarded a TexTreasures Grant (8713-03057) from the Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission to photograph and record via digital video these articulators and to catalog them. This website presents these images with corresponding annotations and bibliographic records. There are also links to applicable US patents that can be accessed by number.
The original School of Dentistry project featuring 62 articulators was a joint effort of Dr. Edgar N. Starcke, Leah Krevit, Director, Library Services, Brian Schnupp, Senior Graphic Designer, Arturo Rodriguez, photographer, Darrell Gonzales, Supervisor, AD Services, and George Rogers, Webmaster with the support of Dr. David Taylor and Dr. Karen Storthz, Associate Dean for Research.
Currently, the website is being maintained by Dr. Edgar N. Starcke and Dr. Donald M. Belles, Brian Schnupp, Kristine Estes, Manager, Clinical IT and Web Services, Pam Hanys, Senior Staff Assistant, and Dr. Raymond G. Koeppen. The primary objective is to provide a depository of information that will serve as a valuable resource for dental educators, students and historians with interests in dental instrumentation. Achieving this objective requires adding historically significant articulators to the site from sources outside of the collection of the School of Dentistry.
A future objective for this website is to create a link to easily access as many US dental articulator patents as possible.